John McKinley

The marketing company Rethink has come up with this edgy branding campaign for the community of Bowen Island.

Welcome to Vancouver Island: or not

Is the time ripe for Vancouver Island communities to add a bit of brutal honesty to their marketing efforts?

The marketing company Rethink has come up with this edgy branding campaign for the community of Bowen Island.
Its unique mix of mix of wilderness and and ocean gives Vancouver Island a leg up on much of the competition when it comes to its attractiveness as a tourism destination.

Vancouver Island named top island destination

City of Victoria, Wickaninnish Inn, Bear Mountain Resort, Magnolia Hotel and Spa all saluted by readers of Travel and Leisure

Its unique mix of mix of wilderness and and ocean gives Vancouver Island a leg up on much of the competition when it comes to its attractiveness as a tourism destination.
Vancouver Island communities rank above the provincial average for depression and related illnesses.

Vancouver Islanders more depressed than other B.C. residents

Medical records show higher prevalence of depression and anxiety here than on the mainland, doctors uncertain why

Vancouver Island communities rank above the provincial average for depression and related illnesses.
A mixture of alpine terrain

Riding high on Vancouver Island

Cumberland and Mount Washington developments lead mountain biking boom in the hills and back country

A mixture of alpine terrain
Man gets 22 months for negligence after Ucluelet grandmother killed by boat trailer

Woman awarded nearly $50,000 for loss of daughter in 2011 Vancouver Island car crash

Court orders deceased father's estate to pay for the care 12-year-old would have likely given lupus-stricken mom in the future

Man gets 22 months for negligence after Ucluelet grandmother killed by boat trailer
ROBIN RICHARDSON

New party aims to create Island province

In 1866 the 17-year-old British colony of Vancouver Island officially ceased to exist

ROBIN RICHARDSON
People wait outside the entrance of the emergency room at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

UPDATED: Island Health rejects doctors’ plea to suspend iHealth at ‘hospital in crisis’

Use of electronic record-keeping system to continue in Nanaimo while health authority looks for ways to build trust, reduce fatigue

People wait outside the entrance of the emergency room at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
The Truck Loggers Association are surprised by the results of a recent survey of coastal B.C. mayors.

Optimism fading for coastal forest industry

Truck Loggers Association survey of mayors indicates nearly half aren't optimistic about the industry's future

The Truck Loggers Association are surprised by the results of a recent survey of coastal B.C. mayors.
Man gets 22 months for negligence after Ucluelet grandmother killed by boat trailer

Man gets 22 months for negligence after Ucluelet grandmother killed by boat trailer

Judge rules poverty no excuse for Van Nho Nguyen's fatal trip in unsafe, overloaded vehicle

Man gets 22 months for negligence after Ucluelet grandmother killed by boat trailer
Vancouver Islanders have become increasingly able to pour a pint crafted right here on the Island thanks to an explosion in the craft brewing industry.

Tapping Vancouver Island’s Ale Trail

Explosion of craft breweries turning beer into a tourism attraction

Vancouver Islanders have become increasingly able to pour a pint crafted right here on the Island thanks to an explosion in the craft brewing industry.
Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad

Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad

Appeal reduces payments to three years in Vancouver Island case, circumstances ruled not appropriate to precedent-setting award

Court overturns lifetime of retroactive child support owed by absent Duncan dad
The white badge on the Vancouver Island flag includes the trident of Neptune and wand of Mercury to represent the sea and trade

Vancouver Island Party lays out its declaration of independence from BC

Bridge to the mainland, free ferries, light rail part of newly launched political party vision for becoming Canada's 11th province

The white badge on the Vancouver Island flag includes the trident of Neptune and wand of Mercury to represent the sea and trade
The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet — number five on TripAdvisor's list of the best things to do in British Columbia — is one of more than 130 projects partially funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust

Island Coastal Economic Trust celebrating 10 years of giving away $50 million

Vancouver Island community treasure chest nearly empty and seeking a refill after 10 years of sparking economic development

The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet — number five on TripAdvisor's list of the best things to do in British Columbia — is one of more than 130 projects partially funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust
Increasing demand and limited supply have pushed housing prices way up in Vancouver and Victoria

Good homes available for less than $200,000

Vancouver Island housing price hikes restrained compared to Vancouver and Victoria, Port Alberni cheapest place to buy

Increasing demand and limited supply have pushed housing prices way up in Vancouver and Victoria
Unsurprisingly

Island Health CEO gets more in benefits than the average B.C. resident’s total income

Nearly 600 employees making $100,000 or more a year as health authority's total staff contingent nears 20,000 people

Unsurprisingly
The provincial government is largely noncommittal in its response to a request by Vancouver Island communities to halt the logging of Island old growth forests.

Province not rushing to extinguish old growth chainsaws any time soon

Ministry cites north Island's dependency on logging in response to Vancouver Island communities asking for a halt to old growth harvest

The provincial government is largely noncommittal in its response to a request by Vancouver Island communities to halt the logging of Island old growth forests.
Legendary Vancouver Island music producer David Foster slides behind the wheel of a Ferrari

World-class Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit opens with salute to local racing legend

Victoria music legend David Foster and family on hand to unveil tribute to his legendary cousin, Island Indy racer Billy Foster

Legendary Vancouver Island music producer David Foster slides behind the wheel of a Ferrari
A climber ascends Big Lonely Doug as part of Ancient Forest Alliance efforts to document the Island's oldest and largest trees.

Vancouver Island growing away from old growth logging?

Industry warns of dire consequences as communities and businesses urge the reduction or complete restriction of harvesting ancient trees

A climber ascends Big Lonely Doug as part of Ancient Forest Alliance efforts to document the Island's oldest and largest trees.
Island Health remains committed to a new Island-wide paperless diagnosis and treatment recording and patient tracking system being implemented first at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Island Health maintains controversial paperless system safe, working as planned

Officials say technical support for new electronic record system will continue at Nanaimo hospital until doctors and nurses are up to speed

Island Health remains committed to a new Island-wide paperless diagnosis and treatment recording and patient tracking system being implemented first at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Officials are bracing for increasingly warm weather to accelerate the number of calls about dogs at risk after being left sitting in hot

Vancouver Island turns up the heat on people leaving pets in hot cars

Dog advocates hoping tougher bylaws, increased awareness will reduce the risk

Officials are bracing for increasingly warm weather to accelerate the number of calls about dogs at risk after being left sitting in hot